Course Info

The Spruce Woods Ultra will be ran primarily on the Epinette Creek / Newfoundland trail system at Spruce Woods Provincial Park.

The map below shows the entire trail system being used, including the out and back section for the 100 mile race.

Please refer to the  (update Feb 2017) for more info.

You can also view the map on Google Maps at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ExAE5VAUuwwASK9iEltKGfX2veo&usp=sharing

Elevation Profile

The Epinette/Newfoundland trail is often described as a roller coaster; never really flat, nothing super steep or long, but just non stop rolling hills. The elevation profile below shows the loop used for the 100 mile race.

100 Mile

The 100 mile start line will be to the north of the warming hut at the main parking lot. You will do three loops of 33.5 miles. The course will primarily follow the Epinette Creek/Newfoundland trail. There is also an out & back section that starts roughly 19 miles from the start line. This will take you down a service road, across another bridge on the Epinette Creek, through a field (on a dirt road) and back onto the Yellow Quill trail system and then the Trans Canada trail. The turn around, which will be clearly marked with a sign, is at a cabin along the Trans Canada trail. You will then double back to the main trail and continue on to the start/finish area.

100 KM

The 100 km course is based on two loops of the 50 km course. The course will primarily follow the Epinette Creek/Newfoundland trail. There is also an out & back section that starts roughly 19 miles from the start line. This will take you down a service road, across another bridge on the Epinette Creek, through a field (on a dirt road) and back onto the Yellow Quill trail system where you will turn around at the parking lot. Double back to the main trail and continue to the finish on the Epinette Creek loop.

50 Mile

You will be doing two loops of the Epinette Creek/Newfoundland Trail system. The 50 mile start line will be to the north of the warming hut at the main parking lot. The course will follow the Epinette Creek trail, following the course markings back to the parking lot (and a well stocked aid station of course). As long as you are starting your second lap by the appointed times, you just follow the trail around a second time. In both cases, going in the official direction as marked.

50 KM

The 50km start line will be to the north of the warming hut at the main parking lot. The course will primarily follow the Epinette Creek/Newfoundland trail. There is also an out & back section that starts roughly 19 miles from the start line. This will take you down a service road, across another bridge on the Epinette Creek, through a field (on a dirt road) and back onto the Yellow Quill trail system where you will turn around at the parking lot. Double back to the main trail and continue to the finish on the Epinette Creek loop.

Half Marathon

The half marathon will start back on the access road and head onto the Epinette Trail. At about 5.8 miles, you will come to a t-intersection. You will see flagging for the ultra events going to the left. As a half marathon runner you will instead go right, following your yellow colour coded flags. You will then take a left turn on a service road, continue up and around a hill, taking a couple more right hand turns until you are back on the main trail. From here you will be back at the t-intersection where you will turn left and then back onto the the two way trail. From there, you’re following the main trail markings again. Before you know it, you’ll be at the finish line. There are two full aid stations and two water only stations on the half marathon route.

10 KM

The 10 km route follows the Epinette Creek trail (orange flags) until at approximately 5km you will follow the sign to the left down a service road where you will then turn left again after about 150 metres to pick up on the return route (blue flags) of the Epinette Creek trail.

10 Mile Night Fun Run

The fun run is just that, all about fun, but at night, in the woods, with scary creatures such as 100 mile runners! Starting at 10pm, you will follow the main course (orange flags) until you get to the first fully stocked aid station, then you’ll turn around to follow the route (blue flags) back to the finish line. We’ll have some special snacks starting at midnight.

SWU 10 & 10

Run the 10 mile fun run Friday night, head to the campground, then come come back for the 10 km on Saturday morning.